BJU Public Relations

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Curtis Potvin Interns for Drum Creative

Curtis Potvin

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 16, 2018) – Curtis Potvin, a senior graphic design major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Drum Creative in Greenville, South Carolina.

Potvin, a resident of Grayson, Georgia, designs various projects for clients and works alongside Drum Creative’s creative and art directors.

“This internship has taught me how to work with a team of designers and gain experience completing projects for real world clients,” said Potvin.

John Warren to Speak at Bob Jones University

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 13, 2018) – The Bob Jones University Public Policy Organization will host John Warren, candidate for Governor, for a forum Monday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in Levinson Hall.

Zach Heltsley, president of the BJU Public Policy Organization said, “With the election just weeks away, we are pleased to host John Warren to give our students and the greater Greenville community an opportunity to hear his vision for leading South Carolina forward.”

Warren earned a BA from Washington and Lee University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is the founder and CEO of Lima One Capital, a specialty mortgage finance company. Currently lending in over forty states, the company has grown into one of the largest lenders for residential real estate investors and homebuilders. It has been recognized as the Fastest Growing Company in South Carolina, one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina, and the Most Ethical Company in South Carolina.

Prior to founding Lima One Capital, Warren served four years on active duty as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps. In March of 2006, he deployed with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines to Ramadi, Iraq, where he spent seven months conducting combat operations against insurgent forces. While deployed, he was decorated for “valor” and “heroic achievement” as he “led a counter attack against insurgents attacking Observation Post Virginia.” In total, he led over 300 combat missions and left the Marine Corps with the rank of Captain.

A resident of Greenville, Warren is an active member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and Young President’s Organization (YPO), and is a member of Downtown Presbyterian Church and several other civic organizations. Most recently, he was named to Greenville Business Magazine’s “50 Most Influential” and the Upstate Business Journal’s “The Closer,” for its annual Who’s Who Awards.

Following his presentation, Warren will hold a question and answer session. The forum is free and open to the public.


Benjamin Popwell Interns with Elliott Davis

Benjamin Popwell

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 13, 2018) – Benjamin Popwell, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern with Elliott Davis in Greenville, South Carolina.

Popwell, a resident of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, works on a team of eight interns to prepare and process over 5,000 tax returns.

“My internship is teaching me to effectively work in teams and budget time when under pressure,” said Popwell.

Lauren Wilson Student Teaches for Hillcrest High School

Lauren Wilson

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 12, 2018) – Lauren Wilson, a senior English education major at Bob Jones University, serves as a student teacher for Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, South Carolina.

Wilson, a resident of Fayetteville, North Carolina, has taken on the role of a full-time teacher by teaching classes and helping students with classwork.

“Student teaching is a unique opportunity to put into practice all I have learned in my college classes,” said Wilson. “Learning various classroom management techniques and how to approach various learners in the classroom has been a beneficial experience before teaching full-time post-graduation.”

Jonathan Clater Interns with Griggs Memorial Baptist Church

Jonathan Clater

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 11, 2018) – Jonathan Clater, a junior communication major at Bob Jones University, interns with Griggs Memorial Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

Clater, a resident of Dublin, New Hampshire, serves by assisting the homeless, sharing the Gospel to the surrounding neighborhoods, and building relationships which enable him to minister to people’s needs.

“I’m blessed and love all that I do at the church,” said Clater. “This experience has given me a better understanding of what relationships and servant leadership look like.”

Mackenzie Graham Interns with Greenville Hospital System

Mackenzie Graham

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 10, 2018) – Mackenzie Graham, a junior health sciences major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern with Greenville Hospital System.

Graham, a resident of Oronoco, Minnesota, works specifically with spinal cord injury patients.

“This opportunity has given me invaluable experience that will help me succeed in my future career,” said Graham.

Jonathan Beck Interns for Daniel Builders Inc.

Jonathan Beck

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 9, 2018) – Jonathan Beck, a senior business administration major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern for Daniel Builders Inc. in Anderson, South Carolina.

Beck, a resident of McDonough, Georgia, works as a draftsman to create detailed technical plans.

“This internship has given me experience and knowledge that will prepare me for my future Masters of Architecture degree,” said Beck.

Flags at Bob Jones University Flying at Half-Staff Today

GREENVILLE, S. C. (April 9, 2018) — Flags at Bob Jones University are flying at half-staff today at the request of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster in tribute to Deputy Dale Shannon Hallman of the Saluda County Sheriff’s Office, who died in the line of duty.

Benjamin Bright Interns with Greyrock Accounting

Ben Bright

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 6, 2018) – Benjamin Bright, a junior accounting major at Bob Jones University, serves as an intern with Greyrock Accounting in Greenville, South Carolina.

Bright, a resident of Hendersonville, North Carolina, works on tax form preparations, prepares asset amortization and depreciation schedules, and enters and reviews companies’ accounts payable and accounts receivable information.

“Working side-by-side with great people on projects has made me feel like I am a part of the team,” said Bright. “This internship has enabled me to improve on the knowledge I learned in the classroom and better prepare me for my future career.”

Michael Johannes Receives Carl A. Spaatz Award

Michael Johannes

GREENVILLE, S.C. (April 5, 2018) – Cadet Colonel Michael Johannes, a sophomore computer science major at Bob Jones University, was recently presented the Carl A. Spaatz Award by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta.

Instituted by the Civil Air Patrol in 1964, the Carol A. Spaatz Award is the highest achievement in the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program and is presented to cadets who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, aerospace, fitness and character. Less than one-half of one percent of cadets have earned this recognition in the award’s history.

Johannes, a resident of Seneca, South Carolina, has been a member of the Civil Air Patrol since 2011, during which time he has served as Flight Sergeant, Flight Commander, Admin Officer, and Cadet Commander. Johannes currently serves as Vice Chair on the Southeast Region’s Cadet Advisory Council and as the Region’s Assistant Representative to the National Cadet Council.

“We are very proud of Michael and his prestigious accomplishments,” said BJU President Steve Pettit. “Michael embodies the core qualities that we promote here at BJU, and we are thrilled that he has been recognized in this way.”

In addition, Johannes will represent the United States this summer in the United Kingdom as part of the International Air Cadet Exchange Program.